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teachers. it's ruining our education system. >> schieffer: what do you think of president obama's plans to reform education? at the federal level? his let's reward good teachers, his, you know, the things that secretary duncan has outlined. are you generally think he's on the right track? >> i do. i've said that publicly. i think the president has shown real courage especially for a democrat who has been dependent upon the teachers union nationally. for political support to come out for merit pay and race to the top and some of the things he's done to push reform. i think the president has been on the right track. i'm concerned about comments i heard yesterday from secretary duncan that seemed to be blowing the horn of retreat on that a little bit. i hope that's not an election year ploy to cozy back up to the unions as the president prepares for re-election. in general i think the president has been very strong on this. that's why you see republicans agreeing with him on it. >> schieffer: you have a reputation as a straight talker i think. do you believe that the budgetary problems acr
president obama just after we ran these ads for some of the medicare reforms you guys did in health care reform why don't you put more on the table. yes, we should come together to talk about these things but what just happened in the last election was a clear indication that they're not serious. >> schieffer: congressman ryan? >> look, we had a huge fiscal problem. primarily being driven by our entitlements. presidents are elected to lead. they're elected to see big problems on the horizon stop them from getting out of control. this president has punted in the words of the "washington post." he chose not to lead. in we pate for the other party to go first to propose reforms nothing will ever get done. that's the problem we've had in washington all along. we are going to lead. where the president has fallen we're going to lead. we're going to propose solutions to these problems to the drivers of our debt because is the sooner we we do that, the better off everybody will be. the better off these programs themselves will be made more solvent and our economy can grow today. look, the presid
sending mixed diplomatic signals? you had president obama calling on mubarak last tuesday to begin a transition, in his words, now. but then yesterday i guess it was we had frank wizner who was sent to the region to talk to president mubarak of egypt coming out and saying this. listen to what he had to say. >> the president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. i therefore believe that president mubarak's continued leadership is critical. it's his opportunity to write his own legacy. >> schieffer: and the administration was quick to say he wasn't speaking for the administration in that. but what did you take from that? why did he say that? >> i think that frank, who is a very experienced diplomat, probably has had as many years in the state department has tom has, understands that removing mubarak is going to be critical here. he's trying to i think create some space for him to move. but that the administration, tick tarly the... particularly the president has a different challenge. he's kind of like a high wire artist in which he's got to walk a fine line be
. a huge crowd has once again formed in tahrir square behind us. as for whether or not president obama had any real effect on the protestors here or the overflow of the egyptian government, last night we spoke with the google engineer who had been arrested for 12 days and held in captivity by the egyptian authorities. one of the engineers of this entire protest movement. he said no way. >> president obama came out several times during the revolution and had things to say. did it help? did it hurt? >> you want the politically correct answer or the... you know, it was good that he supported the revolution. but we don't really need him. i don't think that... i wrote a tweet. i wrote to the government, you have been supporting the regime that was oppressing us for 30 years. please don't get involved now. we don't need you. >> smith: quite frankly, bob, this is perhaps where the really hard part starts. how the army, how the protestors and demonstrators are going to come eye to eye and how they're going to form a transitional government and how this country takes the steps necessary to get to a
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